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Rockland Online and Important "ask"

I genuinely miss getting to see you all on Sundays and can't wait until this all passes so we can get back to whatever the new normal looks like! 3 very quick things I wanted to mention:1)Log on and watch with us Sunday at 9AM!I know it is not the same as being together in person,but it is the best we can do for now! God can still move in our hearts and minds even whilewe...

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One big lesson ...

The Book of Romans is a single letter that encompasses so many of the profound truths of our precious faith in one work. Can't make a service? Check it out online here!ROCKAND LIVE STREAM AND VIDEO ARCHIVE Think about it.... The righteous live by faith. God is the only, right Judge over all His creation. We are all accountable to Him whether we know it, like it, or ...

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The Coronavirus, Rockland’s plans, and King Jesus!

Rockland Online:ROCKLAND LIVESTREAM AND VIDEO ARCHIVE Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:5-7 Scriptures like these are a great comfort in confusin...

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Perseverance

And the Oscar for 'Most Obvious Statement of the Year' goes to... "It is easier, I find, tonotpersevere, rather thantopersevere."We get tired pretty quickly don't we? It is so difficult to die on every hill in the fallen world in which we find ourselves. We can't micromanage our kids, our spouses, our own lives even. It is just....exhausting.Think about what is on your to...

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It Starts with You

I still don't know why some people do the things they do, but one guy wanted to walk on a tightrope over Niagara Falls while pushing someone in a wheelbarrow. Apparently it is a true story.Yes, a man actually had the crazy idea thathe wanted to walk on a tightropeacross Niagara Fallswhile pushing a wheelbarrow with a man in it. Apparently, he put together a detailed, rigo...

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NO Condemnation (Seriously)

This Sunday I spent 25 minutes preaching on one whole verse. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1) It may seem odd, but if I had to do it again - based largely on emails I have received and conversations I have had - I would preach this verse and this concept of living forgiven for an entire month.One of the things I am d...

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Observing Lent (beginning February 17)

Lent will soon be here and Rockland will be fully engaged in this preparation for Easter, April 4. Even as early as the second century Christians have observed a time of fasting, a special focus on the poor, and spiritual disciplines. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believers through prayer, penance, repentance of sin, almsgiving, atonement and ...

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The First Musicians

You might think thatif someone came up to me after a worship servicewhere Ijust preacheda sermon and said, "I was really movedby the musictoday",it would bother me.But it doesn't. In fact, I love it.Does that make me weird?As we prepare for our Nativity Celebration this Sunday with all sorts of great music from all generations, I am reminded of how meaningful music has be...

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Overheard by the Church Mouse- October

...Henry David Thoreau, American author famous for writing Walden. Someone asked if he had made peace with God. Thoreau answered "I didn't know we had ever quarreled." How did that happen, you ask? Sometimes, the history is so insightful that it adds measurably to the overall story. Thus, it is with our mountain missions. Nancy Judge, EChO Development Director, and Sandy ...

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What Now? (New Series!)

Have you ever met anyone who is living their life on cruisecontrol? Someone who is just 'coasting'? I guess that is the nice way to say it.Negatively, you would say,...they have given up trying hard in life...they have lost their enthusiasm...they are doing things the way they have always done them...they are living off fumes of successes that are now decades oldNo place ...

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